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Dundalk want run to final to sustain futures

DUNDALK captain Simon Madden believes that the Lilywhites squad are playing for their futures in tonight’s FAI Cup quarter-final replay with Bohemians.

As they’re 18 points off the pace in the Premier Division table, Dundalk have no chance of qualifying for Europe through the league, so a cup run all the way to the final on November 6 |is their only route to European football.

“This is our biggest game of the season,” said Dublin-born defender Madden ahead of tonight’s replay at Dalymount after the clubs played out a 0-0 draw at Oriel Park on Friday.

“If you get into the semi-finals, you’re very close to the final and playing at the Aviva Stadium.

“Our futures are at stake. Everyone is only on a one-year contract, we are all out of contract in November. It would make it a lot easier for the club to plan ahead and build for the future if we had a Cup final and maybe a win in the Cup final to enjoy.

“We have had a final already this season, we got to the Setanta Cup final, and we want to be there again, but first we have to get past Bohemians tonight and that won’t be easy.

“Hopefully it will be a better game than Friday night, the ball spent more time up in the air than it did on the ground, so it was a poor match. The positive for us was that we kept a clean sheet on Friday and that’s given us something to build on for tonight,” he added.

Eoghan Osborne, Stephen Maher and Colin Hawkins are |out for Dundalk, while Ross Gaynor is a major doubt. Bohs’ only absentee is Ollie Cahill.